Erik Kolbell Brings Message of Hope in The God of Second Chances

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Award-winning author discusses faith and society in new book.

Erik Kolbell has deeply contemplated religion's gifts and dangers and has emerged with invaluable wisdom on divine purpose and human possibility.

Erik Kolbell, award-winning author, minister, and psychotherapist, with Westminster John Knox Press, the trade and publishing imprint of the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, have today announced the release of Kolbell's third book, The God of Second Chances.

The God of Second Chances gives an honest portrayal of U.S. culture, demonstrating a need for renewal. Merging ethical principles with practical advice, Kolbell explains how the individual can address current political and social inequalities. He provides a message of hope through a thought-provoking perspective on the character of God and what it means for faith, moral responsibility and a second chance for the nation.

"We desire more good in society than what we see," said Kolbell. "I believe in a God who can move us toward greater harmony - a God who forever forgives our shortcomings, encourages our strengths and compels us to live the fullest lives possible."

"The God of Second Chances is a beautiful and practical vision on how to live," said Roger Rosenblatt, essayist and commentator, "Erik Kolbell has deeply contemplated religion's gifts and dangers and has emerged with invaluable wisdom on divine purpose and human possibility."

Kolbell is also the author of What Jesus Meant: The Beatitudes and a Meaningful Life and Were you There? Finding Ourselves at the Foot of the Cross. He has contributed frequently to the Everyday Ethics column in Family Circle magazine and written for The New York Times, Washington Post/Newsweek website, Town and Country, Child, and Parents.

About Erik Kolbell
Erik Kolbell is a writer, psychotherapist, and ordained minister. A Yale Divinity School graduate, Kolbell was the first Minister of Social Justice at Riverside Church in New York City where he worked on fair housing, racial equality, nuclear disarmament, prison reform and other issues. His work took him to Nicaragua as an official US observer for the first democratic elections, to Cuba with Pastors for Peace delivering medical supplies and to South Africa on a fact finding mission during the apartheid years.

As a Congregational minister with a concentration in Judaic studies, Kolbell has a broad understanding of religious issues and how they intersect with American culture. Prior to his ministry at Riverside Church, Kolbell worked as a college chaplain. His psychotherapy practice incorporates his expertise in family and couples counseling. Television appearances have included The Charlie Rose Show, Morning Joe, The Today Show, Dateline, The Early Show, and The Jane Pauley Show.

Erik Kolbell currently lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

About Westminster John Knox Press
Westminster John Knox Press is the trade and academic publishing imprint of the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. With a publishing heritage of more than 160 years, the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation publishes more than 80 new works each year, while maintaining a backlist of more than 1,600 active titles sold around the world.

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